If you do not pay your Florida speeding tickets on time, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will suspend your drivers license. Not only will you have to pay the ticket, but you will also be required to pay the D6 clearance and late fees. If the traffic ticket ends up in collections, you will have to pay other fees as well. Many people ignore a Florida drivers license suspension. They continue to drive on a suspended Florida drivers license. This can lead to huge legal problems in the future. If you are caught driving with a suspended license, you will be given a Jacksonville traffic ticket. The ticket may be a criminal charge or civil traffic infraction. Driving on a suspended or revoked license in Jacksonville is a civil ticket if it is done without knowledge of the suspension. It becomes a crime if you knowingly drive with a suspended or revoked license.
Regardless of whether or not the suspended license ticket is a criminal or civil ticket, it can be used against you in the future. It can make you a Florida Habitual Traffic Offender. Even after you have paid all of your Jacksonville traffic tickets and have reinstated your drivers license, you may end up with a five year drivers license suspension. This happens if you qualify as a habitual traffic offender or HTO under Florida Statute Section 322.264. The Florida traffic law states:
A “habitual traffic offender” is any person whose record, as maintained by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, shows that such person has accumulated the specified number of convictions for offenses described in subsection (1) or subsection (2) within a 5-year period:
(1) Three or more convictions of any one or more of the following offenses arising out of separate acts:
(a) Voluntary or involuntary manslaughter resulting from the operation of a motor vehicle;
(c) Any felony in the commission of which a motor vehicle is used;
(d) Driving a motor vehicle while his or her license is suspended or revoked;
(e) Failing to stop and render aid as required under the laws of this state in the event of a motor vehicle crash resulting in the death or personal injury of another; or
(f) Driving a commercial motor vehicle while his or her privilege is disqualified.
(2) Fifteen convictions for moving traffic offenses for which points may be assessed as set forth in s. 322.27, including those offenses in subsection (1).
As a Jacksonville drivers license lawyer, I see people pay all of their outstanding traffic tickets and unpaid court costs. They are able to reinstate their drivers license, but a few months later, they receive letters in the mail stating that they are now habitual traffic offenders under Florida law. This is due to having too many convictions on their driving records. If you are going through a similar problem, contact a Jacksonville lawyer with experience helping people in your situation. Call 20 Miles Law at (904) 564-2525 to speak to a Jacksonville attorney.